Make Your House a Model Home
TEN TIPS TO SHOWCASE LIKE A PRO – (for less than $200)
If you are trying to sell your home, it really pays to make the extra effort to
impress your buyers. There have been studies that show it takes buyers only
seven seconds to decide whether or not they are going to buy a home once they
set foot in a house. That is why it is so crucial to make a good impression and
also why setting the stage for a sale is such a fine art.
However, not all of us have the cash on hand, or the time and energy to do
things that are really going to flip your home over to the next buyer quickly. For
instance, not everybody has the cash on hand to install a brand new automated
Jacuzzi complete with freestanding towel warmers and new radiant stone tile
However, you might have the money on hand to install designer faucets, paint
the walls, and replace the old iron door handles with trendy new knobs.
Here are some quick and easy ways to make your home show like a model
home for under $200. These are easy-to-do tips and the type of thing an interior
decorator would advise you to do to help set the stage so your property is more
attractive to buyers. The goal of this top ten list is to give you hints on how to
make your home show better than your competitor’s!
1. Clear all clutter. You can get rid of all of the junk in your home at no cost to
you! Simply get rid of anything you don’t need and haul it away in your car to
the nearest dump or Goodwill. This means getting rid of “stuff” in the front
yard, back yard, hallway, and garage. Studies have shown that people
perceive clutter as being indicative of a property that is deteriorated or not
worth much money. They also associate it with decay and the presence of
vermin or bugs. One thing in particular you need to get rid of is ashtrays.
People consider houses that have been smoked in to be less desirable and
also smelly. Even things you are actively using should be tucked out of sight
before a house showing. This means clearing your kitchen counter of
appliances like electric grills, blenders, or anything else that takes up
counter space. Outside, you should make sure that your garden hoses are
coiled up, your birdbath is clean of leaves, and that you do not have sports
equipment or bikes lying around your front porch.
2. Minimize the presence of pets. If you have a dog or cat, send them away
for the day. Hide the litter box and any evidence of its aroma. Vacuum pet
hair from the home daily and keep the yard clean and fresh. Houses with
more pets are also considered to be less desirable than ones with no pets at
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